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    Home swap to Northern Ireland this winter

    Home swap to Northern Ireland this winter


    There’s no denying it, 2020 has been a disaster for our holiday plans. Instead, we’ve been Queens of the stay-cay: Goodbye Santorini, hello Sandbanks.

    But with few of us wanting to risk being locked in hotel rooms because of a potential coronavirus outbreak, there’s also been a sharp rise this year in the booking of self-contained, unique properties. Cue home swaps. Staying in someone else’s actual home is often more cost-effective. You also have roomier, more interesting accommodation and have more control over your surroundings.

    With Northern Ireland being named the UK’s sunniest winter holiday hotspot this week (getting 4,000 hours of sun from November to February – wowzers!) and the end of lockdown 2.0 in sight, we wanted to share a collection of Love Home Swap‘s most charming and picturesque properties in NI for those looking to get a golden glow this winter.

    Large Modern Country House – Killinchy

    Love Home Swap - NI house

    This stunning home is located in a serene and rural setting with beautiful views over Strangford Lough and the surrounding countryside.

    The kitchen’s veranda leads into the sunroom that overlooks the rear garden, so you can make the most of the breathtaking views of natural beauty.

    Causeway Coast Beachside Retreat – Portrush

    Causeway Coast Beach Retreat

    This home offers luxury accommodation in the heart of the Causeway Coast with panoramic Atlantic views. A restored Victorian townhouse, this spacious property has five double bedrooms each with their own bathroom and dining room, complete with a grand piano.

    The generous private patio accommodates barbecues and outdoor relaxation.

    Fantastic Church Conversion – Strangford

    Church Conversion - Port Rush

    Quarry Hill Church dates back to 1845 and is a protected historic building. The owners rescued the property from near ruin and have just completed a three-year “labour of love” restoration and conversion into spectacular and truly unique holiday accommodation.

    Located in Strangford, one of Ireland’s most picturesque seaside villages, next door you can find Winterfell’s historic farmyard, Castle Ward, which is the backdrop for much of season one of Game Of Thrones.

    Wonderful Victorian Period House – Derry

    Wonderful Victorian Period House - Derry

    Built in 1861, Fountain Hill House is a 4000 sq ft period property set in one acre of mature gardens that overlooks the river and has stunning city views. The house can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people making it ideal for family and friend holidays.

    The property also includes great outdoor space with a patio and built-in BBQ in the gardens.

    Seaside Townhouse – Coleraine

    Portrush seaside townhouse

    This four-storey Edwardian townhouse is over one-hundred years old and has recently been renovated.

    The property overlooks perhaps the most recognisable and well-loved beach in Northern Ireland – the west strand beach in Portrush – which you can reach in two minutes.

    Golf Penthouse – Castlereagh

    Golf Penhouse

    Located in Belfast this home is a beautiful and spacious modern penthouse with stunning views over Belfast and Belvoir Park Golf Club.

    The wrap-around balcony offers stunning views over the Parkland course which is one of the best courses in Ireland – making it the ideal sunspot.

    Love Home Swap has been helping members swap houses and lives for almost 10 years. Members can choose from a classic, simultaneous swap, where they swap houses with someone else, either at the same time or on different dates, or a non-simultaneous points swap, allowing them to travel without having to match their plans with another member. LHS currently has over 17,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide (the UK is the biggest market) – www.lovehomeswap.com

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